NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 25, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 25, 2017

Evgeni Malkin hopes to speak with Pittsburgh Penguins ownership regarding Olympic participation.

Olympic participation update, roundup of latest contract signings & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly poured cold water on talk of an alternative schedule that gave rise to the slim hope of the league’s possible participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 

“There is not an alternative schedule. Having NHL Players participate in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games is not an available option,” said Daly. “All of the international federations are planning appropriately for constructing teams that will not include NHL players. I anticipate there will be federation announcements in the coming days that should eliminate any and all continuing doubt or skepticism about the issue.”

TVA SPORTS: Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin told Russia’s Soviet Sport he intends to meet with team owner Mario Lemieux to discuss the 2018 Olympics. “It will be difficult to go if the league refuses. Mario may not be able to influence their decision. But I want to talk to the owners,” said Malkin.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league has already indicated it would take a dim view of players under NHL contracts taking part in the 2018 Games. This situation could worsen the reportedly deteriorating relationship between the league and the NHL Players Association. It also raises the possibility of a star player prematurely retiring from the NHL in order to play for their country in Pyeongchang. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres winger Kyle Okposo wrote a thank you letter to the hockey community for its support during his recovery from an undisclosed illness tied to medication to treat a concussion that ended his season in March 2017. He expects to be ready to go for training camp in September. 

TSN: Free agent winger Jaromir Jagr remains hopeful of signing with an NHL team for 2017-18. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins avoided arbitration with defenseman Brian Dumoulin, re-signing him to a six-year contract worth an annual average value of $4.1 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Over the past two seasons, Dumoulin came into his own as a reliable top-four defenseman, playing a significant role in helping the Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. He also played through the 2017 postseason with a broken hand. Fortunately, he doesn’t require surgery. 

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators and forward Austin Watson also avoid arbitration, reaching agreement on a three-year, $3.3 million contract. He earned $575K annually at the NHL level on his previous contract. 

 OTTAWA SUN: The Senators signed veteran defenseman Johnny Oduya to a bonus-laden one-year deal. He’ll earn $1 million in base salary and could earn an additional $1.25 million. 

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets re-signed goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to a one-year, $2.25 million contract. He was slated to have an arbitration hearing on August 1. 

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders re-signed defenseman Adam Pelech to a four-year deal worth an average annual value of $1.6 million.

THE PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks avoided arbitration with winger Reid Boucher by signing him to a one-year deal worth over $687K at the NHL level. 

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins forward Ryan Spooner seeks a one-year, $3.85 million contract. The club is offering $2 million. His arbitration hearing is slated for July 26. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 26, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 26, 2017

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scores his 30th of the season against the Arizona Coyotes.

Game recaps, the 20th anniversary of the Avalanche-Red Wings brawl, Gary Doak passes away and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Alex Ovechkin joined Wayne Gretzky and Mike Gartner as the only players to score 30 goals in each of their first 12 seasons as the Washington Capitals downed the Arizona Coyotes 4-1. The win gave the Capitals 106 points, widening their lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets for top spot in the Metropolitan Division by three points. The Caps also set a franchise record by winning their 31st home game in a season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A remarkable achievement for Ovechkin, one of the greatest scorers in NHL history. 

Sergei Bobrovsky turned in a 36-save shutout performance as the Columbus Blue Jackets edged the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0. The win moves the Jackets (103 points) into a tie for second place with the Pittsburgh Penguins for second in the Metropolitan Division. 

Andrei Markov’s two goals gave the Montreal Canadiens a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. The win gives the Habs (93 points) a three-point lead for top spot in the Atlantic Division over the Sens. 

Colton Sissons and James Neal each scored twice as the Nashville Predators thumped the San Jose Sharks 7-2, handing the latter their sixth straight defeat. The Sharks now sit in a three-way tie for first (91 points) in the Pacific Division with the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers, while the Predators (87 points) hold a one-point lead over the St. Louis Blues for third in the Central. Sharks forward Micheal Haley received a match penalty for punching Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok and could face supplemental discipline. 

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1, moving into a three-way first place tie in the Pacific Division with Anaheim and San Jose. 

Sean Monahan’s overtime goal lifted the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. The Flames (88 points) are now only three points out of first place in the Pacific Division. 

Jack Eichel had a two-goal performance to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The loss leaves the Leafs (85 points) with only a one-point lead over the Boston Bruins for third in the Atlantic Division. Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury and didn’t return. 

Riley Nash had the first two-goal game of his NHL career as the Boston Bruins edged the New York Islanders 2-1. Anton Khudobin made 18 saves filling in for sidelined Bruins starter Tuukka Rask. The win gives the Bruins 84 points, one behind the Leafs for third in the Atlantic. They also maintain their hold on the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, widening their lead over the Isles by two points. 

Antti Raanta turned aside 30 shots as the New York Rangers blanked the Los Angeles Kings 3-0. The loss could be the final dagger in the heart of the Kings’ playoff hopes. With 77 points, they’re nine back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. 

Sebastian Aho scored twice as the Carolina Hurricanes extended their points streak to 10 games by defeating the New Jersey Devils 3-1. The Hurricanes (79 points) are five points out of a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. 

Jonathan Marchessault netted a hat trick and James Reimer had a 25-save shutout as the Florida Panthers crushed the Chicago Blackhawks 7-0. Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr was forced from the game in the second period with a leg injury, but it’s not expected to leave him sidelined for long. 

Reid Boucher scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks doubled up the Minnesota Wild 4-2, handing the latter their ninth loss in 11 games. 

TSN: Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly said Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby apologized to him for what he claimed was an accidental spear to O’Reilly’s crotch in a recent game. The Sabres star said he accepted Crosby’s apology. 

SPORTSNET: Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot required 10 stitches to repair the severed tip of his right pinky finger following a slash from Crosby in a game last week. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars winger Patrick Sharp will undergo season-ending hip surgery on Tuesday. 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Penguins recalled defenseman David Warsofsky and demoted Frank Carrado. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Today marks the 20th anniversary of the legendary brawl between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was the high point (or low point, depending on your perspective) of one of the most intense rivalries in NHL history. With both clubs now in decline and the Wings now playing in the Eastern Conference, it no longer has the spirit it once did. 

BOSTON HERALD: Former NHL defenseman Gary Doak passed away yesterday at age 71 from cancer. He played 789 NHL games, most of those with the Bruins, helping them win a Stanley Cup in 1970. He was active in various charity and alumni events following his retirement. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Doak’s family and friends. 












NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 5, 2017



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 5, 2017

Winnipeg Jets rookie Patrik Laine scores against Florida Panthers’ goalie Roberto Luongo.

Game recaps, waiver news, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Patrik Laine scored a goal and set up another as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Florida Panthers 4-1, giving the young Jet sole possession of the NHL rookie goal and points lead and tying him with Mark Scheifele for the Jets’ scoring lead.  Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr collected his 1,136th career NHL assist, moving into fifth place on the all-time leader list. 

Max Pacioretty scored twice, including his second straight overtime goal and Al Montoya made 39 saves as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Dallas Stars 4-3. It was a costly victory for the Habs, as Paul Byron (possible concussion) and Brendan Gallagher were sidelined by injuries. Gallagher will see team doctors after reinjuring his surgically repaired left hand. The Stars, meanwhile, were without the services of Jamie Benn, who was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. 

Henrik Lundqvist turned in a 30-save performance while Kevin Hayes and Michael Grabner each scored twice to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Jakub Voracek also scored twice for the Flyers. 

Ryan Miller had a 22-save shutout as the Vancouver Canucks blanked the Arizona Coyotes 3-0, giving the Canucks their fifth straight victory. Earlier in the day, the Canucks claimed forward Reid Boucher off waivers from the New Jersey Devils, who had only claimed Boucher from the Nashville Predators just two days ago. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Written off as a playoff contender a month ago, the Canucks have surged to within one point of a wild-card berth in the Western Conference. That explains why all the Canucks trade chatter has died down. 

John Gibson turned aside 23 shots to backstop the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The Ducks played without captain Ryan Getzlaf (lower body injury), who is on injured reserve.

Mikael Backlund scored for the fifth straight game as the Calgary Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1. 

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Boston Bruins Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt passed away yesterday at age 98. Schmidt led the Bruins to two Stanley Cups during a playing career that was shortened by World War II, then went on to build the “Big Bad Bruins” powerhouse of the 1970s as the club’s general manager. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Schmidt’s family and friends. He was a fine player in his day, a gentleman and one of the greatest players in Bruins’ history. 

OTTAWA SUN: Good news for Nicholle Anderson, wife of Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, in her battle with cancer. Recent tests reveal her primary tumor has dramatically shrunk. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS:  Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly (appendectomy) could return to action tonight. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals winger T.J. Oshie uses an electrical current machine to help him stay in top physical shape. 

The Bruins yesterday placed goaltender Anton Khudobin on waivers

THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks placed winger Matt Nieto on waivers. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes claimed forward Ty Rattie off waivers from the St. Louis Blues. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 4, 2017



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 4, 2017

The Columbus Blue Jackets are one win away from tying the NHL record of 17 consecutive victories.

Game recaps, December’s top rookie and star and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets collected their 16th consecutive victory by downing the Edmonton Oilers 3-1, moving to within one game of tying the league record of 17. Cam Atkinson, William Karlsson, and Nick Foligno scored for the Jackets. 

Alex Ovechkin’s overtime goal capped the Washington Capitals’ rally from a 4-2 deficit as they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5, snapping the Leafs five-game win streak.

Ovechkin’s OT goal was his 19th, tying him with Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr for the most in NHL history. Evgeny Kuznetsov had a four-point performance (one goal, three assists) and Justin Williams collected three points for the Capitals. Leafs rookies Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner each had two points. 

Shea Weber scored in his return to Nashville since being dealt last summer to the Montreal Canadiens, helping his new club defeat the Predators 2-1 in overtime. Former Predators winger Alexander Radulov set up Weber’s goal and Max Pacioretty’s winner. 

Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice and set up another while Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves to give the Winnipeg Jets a 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jets rookie Patrik Laine also scored and set up two others, while Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov scored two goals and picked up an assist. 

Tanner Pearson scored in overtime, Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist and Peter Budaj made 26 saves to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. 

Justin Bailey scored his first NHL goal and Anders Nilsson made 24 saves as the Buffalo Sabres upended the New York Rangers 4-1. Earlier in the day, the Rangers revealed forward Matt Puempel is sidelined indefinitely by a concussion. 

The New Jersey Devils got back-to-back wins for the first time since December 8, as Corey Schneider made 29 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Earlier in the day, the Devils placed forward Reid Boucher on waivers only a day after claiming him from the Nashville Predators in hopes of giving him playing time with their AHL affiliate. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes remain without the services of backup goalie Eddie Lack, who’s once again sidelined by a concussion

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk were named the NHL’s three stars for December 2016

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This marks the first time a Blue Jackets player was named player of the month. 

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews was named NHL rookie of the month for December 2016

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After being somewhat overshadowed by Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine, Columbus’s Zach Werenski and Leafs teammates William Nylander and Mitch Marner earlier in the season, Matthews rose to the fore in December. He’s now tied with Laine for the rookie scoring lead and the Leafs top scorer. 

ESPN.COM: Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, Montreal’s Carey Price and Nashville’s P.K. Subban were named divisional captains for the 3-on-3 tournament in the upcoming NHL All-Star Game. 

PHILLY.COM:  The Philadelphia Flyers activated goaltender Michal Neuvirth off injured reserve. 

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues placed forward Ty Rattie on waivers. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks sent rookie Tyler Motte to their AHL affiliate in Rockford. 

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic is glad he rescinded last season’s trade request. Hamonic asked to be dealt to a Western Conference club to be close to an ailing relative in Manitoba but changed his mind after the relative’s health improved. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So no, the Islanders’ struggles this season hasn’t made Hamonic regret his decision to pull his trade request.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Former Blackhawks Nick Boynton, Ben Eager, and Dan Carcillo admit they experienced difficulty adjusting to life after their NHL careers ended. “I had a difficult period,” Carcillo said. “Every year you’re familiar with a routine and structure and you have a purpose, and now you’re kind of searching for what to do next and what will motivate you.” The trio credit their families with helping in their transition. 

STLTODAY.COM:  St. Louis city leaders and Blues executive seek taxpayer help in making $138 million in renovations to Scottrade Center. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 3, 2017



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 3, 2017

St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko celebrates one of his two goals against the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2017 Winter Classic.

Blues win 2017 Winter Classic, three stars of the week & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Two third-period goals by Vladimir Tarasenko carried the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory in the 2017 Winter Classic before over 46,000 fans at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium. Alexander Steen also tallied a goal and an assist for the Blues. 

Corey Schneider turned in a 22-save shutout performance backstopping the New Jersey Devils to a 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins. Taylor Hall scored one goal and set up another for the Devils. 

Sven Baertschi scored twice (including the game winner) and goaltender Ryan Miller got his 350th career victory as the Vancouver Canucks edged the hapless Colorado Avalanche 3-2. The Avs have only one win in their last 10 games. 

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider and Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending January 1, 2017. 

TSN: The Montreal Canadiens re-signed backup goaltender Al Montoya to a two-year, $2.125 million contract extension. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Arizona Coyotes claimed forward Alexander Burmistrov off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  A former first-round pick of the Jets, Burmistrov’s struggled through five NHL seasons. Perhaps a change of scenery will help him reach his potential. Otherwise, this season could be his last in the NHL. He’s a restricted free agent in July. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM:  The New Jersey Devils  claimed forward Reid Boucher off waivers from the Nashville Predators. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS:  Sabres center Johan Larsson’s season is over after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated wrist and elbow.

THE MERCURY NEWS:  The San Jose Sharks recalled defenseman Mirco Mueller. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 4, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 4, 2016

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel celebrates one of his two goals against the Detroit Red Wings.

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel celebrates one of his two goals against the Detroit Red Wings.

Game recaps plus notable injury and waiver updates in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Phil Kessel scored twice as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied with four third-period goals to defeat the Detroit Red Wings 5-3. 

Patrik Laine scored his 16th of the season and set up Bryan Little’s winner in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets nipped the St. Louis Blues 3-2. 

Leon Draisaitl scored in overtime and Jordan Eberle collected three assists as the Edmonton Oilers edged the Anaheim Ducks 3-2. Earlier in the day, the Oilers announced defenseman Darnell Nurse is sidelined indefinitely with a lower-body injury. 

Ivan Provorov scored two second-period goals only 30 seconds apart to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks were playing without goalie Corey Crawford, who is sidelined two-three weeks following an appendectomy. 

Tuukka Rask kicked out 35 shots as the Boston Bruins held on for a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Bruins forward Matt Beleskey left the game with a lower-body injury. 

Mike Cammalleri scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the New Jersey Devils overcame a three-goal deficit to beat the Nashville Predators 5-4. Earlier in the day, the Predators claimed forward Reid Boucher off waivers from the Devils. 

Chris Kreider scored twice in the third period as the New York Rangers doubled up the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. 

Brian Boyle scored in a shootout and Ben Bishop made 31 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a four-game losing skid with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals. 

Kari Lehtonen got his first shutout of the season as he backstopped the Dallas Stars to a 3-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche. While the Avs learned earlier in the day that sidelined captain Gabe Landeskog (lower-body injury) could soon return to the lineup, defenseman Erik Johnson suffered a broken fibula against the Stars and is sidelined for six weeks. Meanwhile, the Stars announced they’ve placed winger Patrick Sharp (concussion) on injured reserve

The Vancouver Canucks blew a 2-0 lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs, but Ryan Miller made 38 saves while Markus Granlund and Bo Horvat scored in the shootout as the Canucks prevailed 3-2. 

Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith made a franchise-record 58 saves but he couldn’t prevent his club from dropping a 3-2 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Mike Condon turned in a 24-save shutout performance as the Ottawa Senators blanked the Florida Panthers 2-0. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators winger Clarke MacArthur, currently sidelined by a concussion, remains hopeful of returning to action by early-January. 

SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman reports the Los Angeles Kings placed winger Teddy Purcell on waivers. 

LAS VEGAS JOURNAL-REVIEW: Could the Vegas Golden Knights pursue former Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant to be their bench boss? 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Knights’ front office isn’t saying anything, I wouldn’t be surprised if GM George McPhee contacted Gallant to gauge his interest.